Garcia grabs share of Masters lead, Couples 3 back

  • Garcia grabs share of Masters lead, Couples 3 back

Garcia grabs share of Masters lead, Couples 3 back

Olympic champion Justin Rose and Spain's Sergio Garcia surged to the front on an absorbing afternoon at Augusta to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler into the final round of the Masters Sunday. DJ, Spieth, Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and countless other Americans are starving for a major title, and have excellent chances of capturing one this year.

With 2013 US Open champion Rose and two of the best players in golf not to have won a major yet in Garcia and Fowler, as well as Spieth, whose first three Masters finishes have been second, first, second, there is plenty of quality at the top of the leaderboard and bubbling under.

There's Jordan Spieth, who "obviously has a special relationship the Masters", Rose said.

There was ample opportunity during the third round of the Masters tournament on Saturday for Sergio Garcia to be, well, Sergio Garcia. There are wonderful story lines in a major championship. "I'm looking forward to it". "I'm certainly looking for my first Masters and my first green jacket".

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, conjured up seven birdies, including a pair at the last two holes, in a day's best round of 67.

"I know that anything can happen", said Spieth. He and I could potentially get off to a good start and we could really push each other. "That game plan worked well for me today and I'm sure it will again tomorrow".

Garcia also had an answer for a three-putt bogey at No. 9: he marched to the 10th tee and proceeded to hit all but one fairway on the second nine and all but one of the greens in regulation.

In a stunning turn of events, Garcia birdied the 14th hole and followed with an eagle at the par-5 15th after his approach shot caught the flagstick and stopped 15 feet away.

Asked what advice he thought he might get from Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54, Garcia replied, "Believe in yourself, try to enjoy as much as possible, try to have fun and do your best".

"But I holed some good ones". He finished at 4-under 212, barely missing playing in the final group at the Masters for what would have been a record fourth year in a row.

Moore produced another solid round on Saturday, posting six birdies to offset three bogeys to sit alongside compatriots Jordan Spieth and Charley Hoffman on the Augusta leaderboard. He said he is not about to go down quietly.

"It's a coin flip, is it going to jump or come out spinny", Spieth said.

For the first time at Augusta, he will not play in the final group on Sunday, but most likely will be contender. It's play aggressive or go home. "And if I can shoot 66 or 65, that's really possible out there, it'll give me a chance". But I'm taking a lot of positives out of this week. Jason Day had a 1-under 71 to finish on 2-over.

"It's always a nice to be a part of history", Rose added a moment later.

"It was just about committing to what you can see and what you actually know is there".

"At the end of the day, it comes down to myself", Garcia said.

Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 champion, is poised at three under with 2011 victor Charl Schwartzel of South Africa one further back and England's Lee Westwood and debutant Thomas Pieters of Belgium the only other players under par at one under. This is a very strategic golf course and you have to make good, smart decisions out there. "That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine on Sunday", said Rose.